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How To Make Lanterns Out Of Old Jars
You Will Need
  • Glass jars
  • Templates of decorative shapes
  • Removable adhesive paper
  • Scissors
  • Glass-frosting spray
  • Votive candles or tea lights
  • Heavy wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Sand or sea salt
  • Wire hangers
step 1Wash and dry
Wash glass jars in hot, soapy water and let them air dry.
step 2Make templates
Cut templates out of poster board in decorative shapes such as stars, half-moons, or hearts. Or buy ready-made templates from craft stores.
step 3Cut out shapes
Use the templates to outline the shapes on the nonsticky side of removable adhesive paper, and then cut them out.
step 4Decorate the jars
Stick your designs onto the outside of the jars.
step 5Spray them
Coat the outside of the jars evenly with glass-frosting spray. Let them dry completely. Then, remove the adhesive-paper designs.
step 6Add candles
Put a votive candle or tea light inside each jar.
tip Nestle the candle in sand or sea salt to keep it stationary.
step 7Measure wire for handle
To make hanging lanterns, take a piece of strong wire and measure how much you need for a handle by wrapping the wire around the mouth of the jar, looping it over the top of the jar, and bringing it back down to the mouth of the jar. Clip with wire cutters. Create a small, open-ended loop on each end of the wire with pliers.
tip Wire hangers work just fine.
step 8Make the handle
Wrap one end of the wire around the jarís mouth, securing it by slipping the loop around the wire and tightening it with pliers. Take the free end of wire, and bend it into an inverted U to make a handle. Secure the end by wrapping the other loop around the wire at the jar opening.
step 9Enjoy!
Enjoy the beautiful outdoor lighting your homemade lanterns provide.
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